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Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide between America and Europe by James Q. Whitman pdf epub fb2 djvu

Author: James Q. Whitman
Title: Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide between America and Europe
ISBN: 019518260X
ISBN13: 978-0195182606
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Pages: 336 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 14, 2005)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1808 kb
Size EPUB version: 1539 kb
Category: Other
Subcategory: Law

Criminal punishment in America is harsh and degrading--more so than anywhere else in the liberal west. Executions and long prison terms are commonplace in America. Countries like France and Germany, by contrast, are systematically mild. European offenders are rarely sent to prison, and when they are, they serve far shorter terms than their American counterparts. Why is America so comparatively harsh? In this novel work of comparative legal history, James Whitman argues that the answer lies in America's triumphant embrace of a non-hierarchical social system and distrust of state power which have contributed to a law of punishment that is more willing to degrade offenders.

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